Information, Communication, and Automation Ethics in the Knowledge Society Age


Series: Ethical Issues in the 21st Century
BISAC: PHI005000

Information, communication and automation technology (ICAT) ethics is the branch of applied ethics and technoethics which investigates the social and ethical issues of the integrated multidisciplinary ICAT field in the broad sense that includes all kinds of automated systems through the use of ICT and computer based systems (autonomous control systems, communication systems, software agents, robotic systems, etc.)

This book involves 11 timely contributed chapters that cover a wide spectrum of topics in the ICAT ethics field. These topics include fundamental ethics concepts, ICAT ontology and history, ethics in storytelling for business intelligence, AI and human potential, ethics and social impact of automation, ICAT professional ethics and codes of ethics, ethics of IoT, human-AI moral gap, scientific and ethical problems of computer-model based mischaracterization of serious human threats as low risk situations, social and existential issues of dynamic modernity in ICAT, and role of technoethics for the fulfillment of humankind perfection.

The study of ICAT ethics will help scientists and engineers to see why and how to avoid computer, communication, and automation technology abuse, and will make them behave as ethically responsible professionals. ICAT ethical perspectives are permanently in transition as technological advances move to novel unseen ICAT areas. ICAT ethics attempts to reveal the ethical dimensions of ICAT systems, and proposes proper ethical rules and principles based on traditional and modern ethical theories, that guide novel advancements towards moral/ethical practices that benefit the society.
The book provides a rich source of information that can be profitably used by graduate students and researchers on ICAT moral philosophy, ethics, and social impact in our digital era.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Chapter 1. Introductory Ethics Concepts and Outline of the Book
(Spyros G. Tzafestas, School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, National Technical University of Athens, Athens, Greece)

Chapter 2. Information, Communication, and Automation Technology: An Ontological and Historical Overview
(Spyros G. Tzafestas, School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, National Technical University of Athens, Athens, Greece)

Chapter 3. Ethics in Storytelling for Business Intelligence
(Nicolle Clements, Virginia M. Miori and Richard T. Herschel, Department of Decision and System Sciences, Saint Joseph’s University, Philadelphia, PA, US)

Chapter 4. Human Potential in the Age of Artificial Intelligence
(David Tuffley, School of Information and Communication Technology, Griffith University, Nathan, Australia)

Chapter 5. Ethics and Social Impact of Automation Technology
(Spyros G. Tzafestas, School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, National Technical University of Athens, Athens, Greece)

Chapter 6. Professional Ethics Involving Cyber Security and Autonomous Robots
(Oliver K. Burmeister, Georg Thomas and Adam Poulsen, School of Computing and Mathematics, Charles Sturt University, Bathurst, New South Wales, Australia)

Chapter 7. Internet of Things: The Role of Ethical Issues in Social Acceptance of Technology
(Daniela Popescul and Mircea Georgescu, “Alexandru Ioan Cuza” University, Iași, Romania)

Chapter 8. Cognitive Agents: Is There a Moral Gap between Human and Artificial Agents?
(Piotr Bołtuć, University of Illinois, Springfield IL, US, and others)

Chapter 9. How Computer Models Can Distort Bayesian Uncertainty about Public-Health Harm: Scientific and Ethical Problems
(Kristin Shrader-Frechette, Department of Philosophy and Department of Biological Sciences, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN, US)

Chapter 10. Automation Technology in the Dynamics of Modernity: An Essay on Technology, Social Organization, and Existential Concerns
(Niklas Toivakainen, Department of Philosophy, History, Culture and Art Studies,
University of Helsinki, Finland)

Chapter 11. The Past and Present of Technoethics: The Anthropological Role of Technique in History
(José M. Galván, Department of Moral Theology, Pontificia Università della Santa Croce
Rome, Italy)


Keywords: Information, infoethics, information technology (IT), IT ethics, communication technology ethics, automation technology ethics, roboethics, technoscience, technoethics, technological therapy, storytelling ethics, automated business ethics, ethical leadership, artificial intelligence, internet of things, modernity dominion paradigm, machine consciousness.

• Graduate students and researchers in information, communication, and automation technology.
• Institutions and organizations in the above fields that want to establish an ethical culture.
• Scientists and engineers interested to learn about ethics of technology and automation.

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